Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Professional Appraisal Services LLC is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Professional Appraisal Services LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Professional Appraisal Services LLC.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to verify your report's status.
- Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.